Alumni Awards celebrate the achievement of international alumni who have studied at a UK institution within the last ten years. The awards honour the outstanding achievements made by business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders who can demonstrate how their UK education has impacted on their subsequent success.

British Council India is delighted to announce the winners for Alumni Awards 2017. The winners for each category are:

Entrepreneurial Award

Sameer Pitalwalla

University of Westminster (2006-07, MSc Media Management)

Sameer Pitalwalla, is a co-founder of Culture Machine, a Digital Media company whose mission is to use technology and storytelling to create great digital brands that people love. With a team of 250+ employees, it currently runs some of Asia’s largest digital media brands and also licenses its core technologies to advertisers, media companies and agency partners world-over.

Professional Achievement Award

Hrishikesh Shende

University of Liverpool (2007-08, MBA Football Industry)

Hrishikesh currently works with Adidas India as Director Football BU. In his role, he has helped grow the Adidas football business in India by 25% in 2016 and 40% in 2015. He has successfully negotiated major deals to secure star players such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, among others.

Social Impact Award

Neha Upadhyaya

King's College London (2008-09, MSc Human resource management organisational analysis)

Neha Upadhyay, a Macrobiotic coach who graduated from King’s College London & trained in organic, macrobiotic living from Daylesford Organic Cookery School, Navdanya Bija Vidyapeeth & Whole Food Harmony (UK), is presently a certified organic macrobiotic coach in New Delhi. After having worked in the education sector in the UK, she moved on to pursue her true passion of macrobiotic food and organic agriculture. Her organisation, Guna promotes eco-positive eating via Macrobiotic food workshops and retailing organic products sourced from over 650 rural farmers of 5 Indian states that include women self-help groups and farmer producer organisations.

Congratulations to all the winners.